The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a request to ban Bisphenol A, a chemical used in the production of plastics, in food packaging.

“Research has shown that people are exposed to BPA because small amounts can migrate into the food and beverages from their containers,” reads a statement from the FDA. “Reports from some animal studies have raised potential concerns that BPA exposure may cause multiple health problems, including reproductive disorders, diabetes and cardiovascular disease … [but] The Food and Drug Administration’s assessment is that the scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe.”